Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre (EPCC) is announcing a new HPC cloud project, called Fortissimo, aimed at boosting the competitiveness of European industry, specifically small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) who use digital simulation and modeling.
PRACE is working directly with EU institutions, academia and industry to usher in the next frontier for HPC in Europe, to extend and leverage the benefits of advanced computing technology.
The EGI Federated Cloud is a new kind of research e-infrastructure designed to serve the scientific community. In support of this mission, the EGI has contributed to a report on service level agreements and also provided hands-on training.
Cloud computing has made the exchange of information between financial companies and the European community complicated.
<img src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpccloud/cloud_security_172x.jpg” alt=”” width=”94″ height=”122″ />Cloud computing has been very slow to catch in the EU, not because they didn’t know about it or didn’t have the resources to make use of it, but because most Europeans are considerably more paranoid about the security of their data.
The European Commission lays out a single set of rules for cloud computing aimed at increasing EU GDP by €160 billion annually by 2020.
This week, over 400 participants from the European research-computing community – and some of their American partners – came together in one of Europe’s most beloved cities, Prague. On Monday, GlobusEUROPE took over the third floor of the Hotel Clarion Congress, located in Vysocany, a modern section of the city, just 15 minutes away from the historic center of Prague and the famous Prague Castle. The remainder of the week, Tuesday through Friday, is dedicated to the European Grid Infrastructure Technical Forum.
European cloud computing is taking off as can be seen in the progress of Helix Nebula. The major pan-European cloud project announced last week that they were moving from the initial proof of concept phase to the start of the two-year pilot phase, which involves expanded proofs of concept and perhaps some additional demand side partners. Just a few months into the project, the participants discuss the challenges of migrating science into the cloud.
Announced earlier this year, the pan-European cloud computing project, Helix Nebula – the Science Cloud, brings together select IT service providers with leading research institutions, CERN, the European Space Agency (ESA), and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL). Representatives from all three centers will take part in a joint keynote session at the ISC Cloud conference, taking place this September in Mannheim, Germany. In this brief Q&A, they share their perspectives on the initiative and provide an outline of what’s to come.